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How to deal with workplace bullying

Bullying in the workplace can be distressing and can often lead to poor performance, sickness and in some cases resignations. Employers also have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and fair working environment for their employees, so workplace bullying...

Government consultation begins on leasehold reform

The government has launched a consultation seeking views on its plans for reforming the leasehold system in England. The reforms are aimed at making the system fairer and more transparent for leaseholders and cover the types of properties that can be sold...

Leasehold houses: research shows more than half of owners didn't understand what they were buying

Over half of leasehold house owners did not understand what being a leaseholder meant until after they had purchased their property, new research has shown. Over 1,100 leasehold homeowners were surveyed by NAEA Propertymark , with 57% of respondents saying...

Freelance plumber wins workers' rights in Supreme Court ruling

A freelance plumber has won a landmark case on workers’ rights in the Supreme Court with potentially huge significance for freelance workers across the country. Self-employed plumber Gary Smith, who worked exclusively for Pimlico Plumbers for six...

Employment tribunal claims rise by 90% following abolition of fees

The number of claims made to employment tribunals has almost doubled since the fees for bringing a claim were abolished last year, according to new official figures. The latest government figures , covering October-December 2017, show 8,173 single claims...

Court of Appeal rules against leasehold campaigners in landmark case

The Court of Appeal has ruled against campaigners who were seeking to change the model used for calculating the cost of extending a lease or buying the freehold on leasehold property. The new model the campaigners had proposed could have seen these costs...

Stamp Duty cut for first time buyers

New rules introduced in the government’s 2017 autumn budget mean that first time buyers purchasing a property for £300,000 or less in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will no longer pay stamp duty. This exemption will also benefit first time...

How to avoid unlawful discrimination when renting property

As a landlord, you might think you have complete freedom over who to rent or not rent your property to. However, you may be breaking the law if you choose not to rent to someone based on certain ‘protected characteristics’. You also have a legal...

Can you contest your parent's Will if they disinherited you?

If you have been left out of the Will of one of your parents or feel that the inheritance they have left you is unfair, you may be able to challenge the Will under certain circumstances. In this article we examine potential grounds for contesting a Will, the...

Supreme Court rules tribunal fees illegal: what this means for employers and employees

The Supreme Court has ruled that is illegal for employment tribunals to charge workers a fee for bringing cases against their employers. This ruling came about as a result of a case brought by the trade union Unison, which argued that the fees (which went as...